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True and false : heresy and common sense for the actor

Author: David Mamet
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, director, and teacher gives us a blunt, irreverent, unsparingly honest guide to acting that overturns conventional truths and tells aspiring actors what they really need to know. David Mamet leaves no acting tenet untouched: How to judge the role, approach the part, work with the playwright. How to concentrate and think about the scene. How to avoid becoming the  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Mamet, David.
True and false.
New York : Pantheon Books, c1997
(OCoLC)605331558
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Mamet
ISBN: 0679442499 9780679442493
OCLC Number: 36817273
Description: x, 127 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: To the actor --
Some thoughts --
Ancestor worship --
A generation that would like to stay in school --
Scholarship --
Find your mark --
I'm on the corner --
Business is business --
Auditions --
Paint by numbers --
"Work" --
Oral interpretation --
Helping the play --
Acceptance --
The rehearsal process --
The play and the scene --
Emotions --
Action --
Guilt --
Concentration --
Talent --
Habit --
The designated hitter --
Performance and character --
The villain and the hero --
Acting "as if" --
"They once walked among us" --
Eleven o'clock always comes --
Meritocracy.
Responsibility: David Mamet.

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, director, and teacher gives us a blunt, irreverent, unsparingly honest guide to acting that overturns conventional truths and tells aspiring actors what they really need to know. David Mamet leaves no acting tenet untouched: How to judge the role, approach the part, work with the playwright. How to concentrate and think about the scene. How to avoid becoming the Paint-by-Numbers Mechanical Actor, the "How'm I Doing?" Ham Actor, the over-the-top "Hollywood Huff" Actor. The right way to undertake auditions and rehearsals. The proper approach to agents, to individual jobs, and to the business in general. The question of talent.

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